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    spartacus got a reaction from Coprolalia in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    I've had a miss-spent youth and as a result I've got a little 'barryboy' left in me. Mrs Spart bought me a set of H&R lowering springs for the Panda, they're one of the better makes out there, it may seem unlikely but there can be a huge difference between good and poor quality springs. I took the chance to give the front legs a coat of paint and fit new bump stops and dust boots too. It's only lowered it by 35mm, Pandas sit fairly high as standard so it doesn't look too 'barried', and the ride is better.
    I also bought a brand new grill, the one fitted in earlier pics is from a Selecta, the auto version of a Panda, the original grill was badly damaged and beyond even an enthusiastic repair.


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    spartacus got a reaction from Coprolalia in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    But now, tonight's main event!
    I picked this car up over four years ago, it's lived in my garage ever since and I've never washed it. Today was the day to change that. The weather was forecast to be overcast, ideal for washing and polishing so I set to. The car was covered in all sorts of crap from the last 20 years, (stored in a garage before I bought it), and I'd heard good things about 'snow foam' type stuff for lifting off dirt and contaminants. I bought a 'Demon Foam' that comes supplied with the gun to fit to your hosepipe. It was shit, the stuff wouldn't come out off the bottle into the gun, so after that initial disappointment I went back to a bucket and sponge. Here's a before pic...

    The car has a cassette deck fitted and I've bought one of those adaptors that plugs into a phone. I had Dave Pearce trance anthems on, I was very nearly lost in a '90's throwback, although the doves mentioned in the title are nothing to do with that famous rave pharmaceutical but my watchers for the day...

    I can recommend them, they're peaceful, quiet and soothing to have around.
    Anyhoo, back to car washing. Because the car is small and it was minging it didn't take long to make a massive improvement, today I went light on it and just gave it a good wash them a quick polish, it came up well I think...

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    spartacus got a reaction from eddyramrod in Smoll shite acquired. The wife made me do it....   
    It's looking good.
    It must be satisfying to have bought a good starting point that needs little or no 'fixing', so you can get straight on with the interesting stuff!
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    spartacus got a reaction from uk_senator in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    I've had a miss-spent youth and as a result I've got a little 'barryboy' left in me. Mrs Spart bought me a set of H&R lowering springs for the Panda, they're one of the better makes out there, it may seem unlikely but there can be a huge difference between good and poor quality springs. I took the chance to give the front legs a coat of paint and fit new bump stops and dust boots too. It's only lowered it by 35mm, Pandas sit fairly high as standard so it doesn't look too 'barried', and the ride is better.
    I also bought a brand new grill, the one fitted in earlier pics is from a Selecta, the auto version of a Panda, the original grill was badly damaged and beyond even an enthusiastic repair.


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    spartacus got a reaction from uk_senator in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    But now, tonight's main event!
    I picked this car up over four years ago, it's lived in my garage ever since and I've never washed it. Today was the day to change that. The weather was forecast to be overcast, ideal for washing and polishing so I set to. The car was covered in all sorts of crap from the last 20 years, (stored in a garage before I bought it), and I'd heard good things about 'snow foam' type stuff for lifting off dirt and contaminants. I bought a 'Demon Foam' that comes supplied with the gun to fit to your hosepipe. It was shit, the stuff wouldn't come out off the bottle into the gun, so after that initial disappointment I went back to a bucket and sponge. Here's a before pic...

    The car has a cassette deck fitted and I've bought one of those adaptors that plugs into a phone. I had Dave Pearce trance anthems on, I was very nearly lost in a '90's throwback, although the doves mentioned in the title are nothing to do with that famous rave pharmaceutical but my watchers for the day...

    I can recommend them, they're peaceful, quiet and soothing to have around.
    Anyhoo, back to car washing. Because the car is small and it was minging it didn't take long to make a massive improvement, today I went light on it and just gave it a good wash them a quick polish, it came up well I think...

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    spartacus got a reaction from tooSavvy in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    But now, tonight's main event!
    I picked this car up over four years ago, it's lived in my garage ever since and I've never washed it. Today was the day to change that. The weather was forecast to be overcast, ideal for washing and polishing so I set to. The car was covered in all sorts of crap from the last 20 years, (stored in a garage before I bought it), and I'd heard good things about 'snow foam' type stuff for lifting off dirt and contaminants. I bought a 'Demon Foam' that comes supplied with the gun to fit to your hosepipe. It was shit, the stuff wouldn't come out off the bottle into the gun, so after that initial disappointment I went back to a bucket and sponge. Here's a before pic...

    The car has a cassette deck fitted and I've bought one of those adaptors that plugs into a phone. I had Dave Pearce trance anthems on, I was very nearly lost in a '90's throwback, although the doves mentioned in the title are nothing to do with that famous rave pharmaceutical but my watchers for the day...

    I can recommend them, they're peaceful, quiet and soothing to have around.
    Anyhoo, back to car washing. Because the car is small and it was minging it didn't take long to make a massive improvement, today I went light on it and just gave it a good wash them a quick polish, it came up well I think...

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    spartacus got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in rickvw72 fleet: Honda MoT time, VWs hibernation soon, Fourtrak needs a bit more welding (unbelievable)   
    "Starting to think I’ve too many cars"
    Wrong forum...
  8. Haha
    spartacus got a reaction from Snake Charmer in Operation mingebag is a go.   
    Mrs Spart had one of these, it was a great car, I'm sure it was on about 180'000 when she sold it. 
    With regards to your man maths, you're really not taking full advantage. Don't forget that at the end of a year you'll still have something of value, not so catching the train, also, the car can be used for other journeys, again, not the train.
    Man maths score, 6/10, must try harder!
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    spartacus got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in Sickboy's stuff: 182 out, 940 in, Saab 900 now MOT'ed   
    Great selection of cars there and great work going into that Falcon.
    More about the AX please, when you get chance.
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    spartacus got a reaction from Dan_ZTT in Mrs Sparts MG diary.   
    Purchased and loaded!
    It's in fair condition, no major crustiness or immediate welding needed. The vendor was a nice enough guy but fuck me, when you're trying to sell a classic car for ££££, give it a clean off, charge the battery and put some fuel in it FFS!

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    spartacus got a reaction from Isaac Hunt in Classic Mini. Alright now ain’t it   
    Was Elton John a Mini driving mate of yours?
  12. Haha
    spartacus got a reaction from PrinceRupert in rickvw72 fleet: Honda MoT time, VWs hibernation soon, Fourtrak needs a bit more welding (unbelievable)   
    "Starting to think I’ve too many cars"
    Wrong forum...
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    spartacus got a reaction from Mrs Spart in Mrs Sparts MG diary.   
    Aye, it's definitely going to need a few miles shakedown but that's not a problem, we're lucky enough to have a broad spread of relatively quiet roads around us.
    I thought I'd give it a go and see if it would start... I put a brand new battery on, sloshed a couple of gallons of fresh fuel into the empty tank and gave it a good cranking. It didn't start but the oil pressure gauge went up to about 60psi which was good to see and the fuel pump ticked until the fuel system pressurised. I'll take a look at the ignition system and come back to that another day.
    The owner did say that the water pump gasket was leaking, he was nearly right! It was the pump, although it had to come off anyway. I'll order a new one from Moss, along with points, rotor and condenser. 
    While I'm at it I'll paint any parts that I have to take off that are looking scabby, so far that's the fan and the radiator support panel.


    I polished the grill, it came out ok.

    End of play today. Easy to work on so far, all the bolts came undone!
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    spartacus got a reaction from Justwatching in Justwatching's Shite   
    Nice, more pics and details of the LTD when possible please!
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    spartacus got a reaction from mat_the_cat in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    I've had a miss-spent youth and as a result I've got a little 'barryboy' left in me. Mrs Spart bought me a set of H&R lowering springs for the Panda, they're one of the better makes out there, it may seem unlikely but there can be a huge difference between good and poor quality springs. I took the chance to give the front legs a coat of paint and fit new bump stops and dust boots too. It's only lowered it by 35mm, Pandas sit fairly high as standard so it doesn't look too 'barried', and the ride is better.
    I also bought a brand new grill, the one fitted in earlier pics is from a Selecta, the auto version of a Panda, the original grill was badly damaged and beyond even an enthusiastic repair.


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    spartacus got a reaction from mat_the_cat in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    The new bumper brackets arrived after OMGcovid19postaldelayexcuse and I fitted them using new stainless nuts and washers. I haven't got my tap and die set at my place so ended up cleaning the threads on the special bumper bolts using a needle file... It was a tiresome job!
    After giving the rear light clusters a polish and cleaning up the number plate lights I got giddy reassembling the rear end, as a result I forgot to take any 'in progress' pics, so you'll have to make do with the one I took at the MOT station.
    I'm still not entirely happy with the bumper alignment, even after three attempts, but realistically it's a bottom of the range Fiat from the '80's, so it's probably better than when it came out of the factory.

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    spartacus got a reaction from Mrs Spart in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    But now, tonight's main event!
    I picked this car up over four years ago, it's lived in my garage ever since and I've never washed it. Today was the day to change that. The weather was forecast to be overcast, ideal for washing and polishing so I set to. The car was covered in all sorts of crap from the last 20 years, (stored in a garage before I bought it), and I'd heard good things about 'snow foam' type stuff for lifting off dirt and contaminants. I bought a 'Demon Foam' that comes supplied with the gun to fit to your hosepipe. It was shit, the stuff wouldn't come out off the bottle into the gun, so after that initial disappointment I went back to a bucket and sponge. Here's a before pic...

    The car has a cassette deck fitted and I've bought one of those adaptors that plugs into a phone. I had Dave Pearce trance anthems on, I was very nearly lost in a '90's throwback, although the doves mentioned in the title are nothing to do with that famous rave pharmaceutical but my watchers for the day...

    I can recommend them, they're peaceful, quiet and soothing to have around.
    Anyhoo, back to car washing. Because the car is small and it was minging it didn't take long to make a massive improvement, today I went light on it and just gave it a good wash them a quick polish, it came up well I think...

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    spartacus got a reaction from Mrs Spart in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    I have to say, it doesn't disappoint. Even with it's minor running fault it's got enough go in it, the handling and feel are so direct, it's a cliche but it's very 'go-kart' like. It's says a lot for it that I'm favouring it over the rest of the fleet ATM.
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    spartacus got a reaction from Mrs Spart in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    Going back to my place I was driving towards a very heavy sky, I had washing on the line and I didn't want to drive the Panda in the rain, for fear it might dissolve around me, I got home just in time for the washing but the neighbours car was blocking my drive and I couldn't get the car into the garage until after the downpour!
    Have an arty garage shot.

    I've been using a 5l container of Auto Smart trade polish but it's not up to much. It doesn't bead well, or last long. I really like Zymol but haven't been able to get hold of any recently.
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    spartacus got a reaction from Mrs Spart in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    I have tested it and it defo holds vacuum, that doesn't mean the dizzy doesn't need a rebuild though, so that's on the cards. It's satisfying for me to do all that stuff because you don't need any special tools or a diagnostic computer to fix it. That can be a double edged sword though!
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    spartacus got a reaction from catsinthewelder in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    But now, tonight's main event!
    I picked this car up over four years ago, it's lived in my garage ever since and I've never washed it. Today was the day to change that. The weather was forecast to be overcast, ideal for washing and polishing so I set to. The car was covered in all sorts of crap from the last 20 years, (stored in a garage before I bought it), and I'd heard good things about 'snow foam' type stuff for lifting off dirt and contaminants. I bought a 'Demon Foam' that comes supplied with the gun to fit to your hosepipe. It was shit, the stuff wouldn't come out off the bottle into the gun, so after that initial disappointment I went back to a bucket and sponge. Here's a before pic...

    The car has a cassette deck fitted and I've bought one of those adaptors that plugs into a phone. I had Dave Pearce trance anthems on, I was very nearly lost in a '90's throwback, although the doves mentioned in the title are nothing to do with that famous rave pharmaceutical but my watchers for the day...

    I can recommend them, they're peaceful, quiet and soothing to have around.
    Anyhoo, back to car washing. Because the car is small and it was minging it didn't take long to make a massive improvement, today I went light on it and just gave it a good wash them a quick polish, it came up well I think...

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    spartacus got a reaction from adw1977 in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    Wow! It's been 20 years but earlier in the week this car passed an MOT! As detailed in an earlier installment, the drivers side rear brake cylinder was seized and there was a damaged dust cover on a front ball joint. Miraculously the brake cylinder came off with no drama, the new went straight on and bled up easily. The dust cover wasn't much more difficult, just a little persuasion needed to separate the ball joint.
    Having got the car back I decided to wait until June 1st to tax it, mainly to spur me on to do a few more jobs on it.
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    spartacus got a reaction from Aston Martin in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    I've had a miss-spent youth and as a result I've got a little 'barryboy' left in me. Mrs Spart bought me a set of H&R lowering springs for the Panda, they're one of the better makes out there, it may seem unlikely but there can be a huge difference between good and poor quality springs. I took the chance to give the front legs a coat of paint and fit new bump stops and dust boots too. It's only lowered it by 35mm, Pandas sit fairly high as standard so it doesn't look too 'barried', and the ride is better.
    I also bought a brand new grill, the one fitted in earlier pics is from a Selecta, the auto version of a Panda, the original grill was badly damaged and beyond even an enthusiastic repair.


  24. Like
    spartacus got a reaction from Mrs Spart in 1988 Fiat Panda, minor update.   
    I've had a miss-spent youth and as a result I've got a little 'barryboy' left in me. Mrs Spart bought me a set of H&R lowering springs for the Panda, they're one of the better makes out there, it may seem unlikely but there can be a huge difference between good and poor quality springs. I took the chance to give the front legs a coat of paint and fit new bump stops and dust boots too. It's only lowered it by 35mm, Pandas sit fairly high as standard so it doesn't look too 'barried', and the ride is better.
    I also bought a brand new grill, the one fitted in earlier pics is from a Selecta, the auto version of a Panda, the original grill was badly damaged and beyond even an enthusiastic repair.


  25. Sad
    spartacus got a reaction from Mrs Spart in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Cheers @pilninggas
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